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Music festivals you won’t want to miss in the Cotswolds this year

PUBLISHED: 14:06 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:06 20 April 2018

Will you be one of the thousands of festival-goers heading to The Big Feastival this year? (c) Justine Trickett / Fanatic 2017

Will you be one of the thousands of festival-goers heading to The Big Feastival this year? (c) Justine Trickett / Fanatic 2017

© Justine Trickett / Fanatic 2017

Whatever you music taste, and whether you’re going along with a group of friends or the whole family, there’s a festival to suit you in the Cotswolds! We pick 15 unmissable festivals to attend in the region this year...

The Bath Festival

When: Friday May 11 – Sunday May 27

The beautiful city of Bath becomes a cornucopia of artistic talent during May at The Bath Festival. With music and literature at the heart – visitors can expect a jam-packed programme of classical, jazz, world and folk music alongside contemporary fiction, intelligent debate, science, history, politics and poetry hosted at a number of popular venues across the city.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of The Bath Festival, The Bath Festival Finale Weekend will take place on May 26 and 27 at the Bath Recreation Ground. The amazing line-up features Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters, Alison Moyet, Imelda May and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, plus many more. There’ll also be plenty of family-friendly entertainment to enjoy throughout the two days as well.

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Lechlade Music Festival

When: Friday May 25 – Sunday May 27

Lechlade Music Festival is a family-friendly event with 60+ performers over three stages, playing everything from rock to reggae, jazz to folk and more. This year’s line-up is yet to be fully announced but festival favourites Scouting For Girls and the UK’s leading Led Zeppelin tribute band, Whole Lotta Led have already been confirmed.

Festival goers can also enjoy a series of workshops including belly dancing, yoga and solstice storytelling. There will also be a selection of tasty food stalls and bars serving delicious food, real ale and cider.

Click here to book tickets.

Common People Festival, South Park in Oxford

When: Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27

Do you want to live like common people? Try out this family-friendly music festival from the Bestival team, offering a line-up of live music, DJs, dance, arts, food, drink and much more.

The diverse line-up of musical talent over the two days includes The Jacksons, The New Power Generation (Prince’s Legendary Band) and Maximo Park.

Click here to book tickets.

Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse

When: Friday June 1 – Sunday June 3

This year will be the family-friendly Wychwood Festival’s 14th, bringing its annual offering of eclectic musicians to the town’s famous racecourse. The line-up this year include The Gipsy Kings, Shed Seven and Feeder.

In addition, there will be plenty of workshops, a circus school and a jam-packed programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages to enjoy.

Click here to book tickets.

Cheltenham Music Festival

When: Wednesday July 4 – Sunday July 15

A fortnight of music will returns to Cheltenham in July, and this year audiences can once again expect the glittering line-up of star performers and conductors.

The line-up includes Maxim Vengerov, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Martyn Brabbins and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Sir Andras Schiff & The Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment.

For booking information, click here.

Barn on the Farm, Over Farm in Gloucester

When: Thursday July 5 to Sunday July 8

The organisers of Barn on the Farm have displayed a knack for snapping up artists on the cusp of success, with huge acts including Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and James Bay previously taking the stage. The award-winning event brings singer-songwriters and folk performers to a local audience in the uniquely intimate setting of Over Farm.

This year’s cracking line up includes up-and-coming talents Tom Grennan and Tom Misch, festival favourites Mystery Jets and the return of folk pop singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, plus many more.

Click here to book tickets.

Nibley Festival, North Nibley

When: Friday July 6 – Saturday July 7

There’s something rather special about friendly Nibley. Set in a stunning Cotswold location, it features great live music, free entertainment for the kids, stalls, local beer, and food from around the world.

Another year, another massive line-up; performers include Example & DJ Wire, The Pigeon Detectives and The King Blues.

Click here to book tickets.

Henley Festival, Henley-on-Thames

When: Wednesday July 11 – Sunday July 15

The UK’s most glamorous boutique festival, guests at Henley Festival dress up to the nines for the five days celebrating the very best of UK and international music and arts. Performing on the festival’s iconic Floating Stage, this year’s headliners are: Rita Ora, Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Curtis Stigers and Rob Brydon performing Sinatra at the Sands, and the English National Opera.

As well as the headliners, each night the black tie festival will play host to a star-studded comedy line-up including Paul Merton and Lee Nelson, and plenty of other live entertainment and a stunning firework display.

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2000trees, Upcote Farm

When: Thursday July 12 – Saturday July 14

Fancy camping out in the rolling Cotswold Hills? The award-winning 2000trees is a 5,000-capacity festival promising three fun-filled nights of music, local food, cider, ale & lager and a friendly, intimate atmosphere.

This year’s event will host over 130 of the best underground rock and indie acts. Some of the more established acts on the 2018 roster include: enter:shikari, At The Drive In and Arcane Roots.

Click here to book tickets.

Cornbury Music Festival, Great Tew Park

When: Friday July 13 – Sunday July 15

It’s back! When it was announced last year that 2017 would see the last ever Cornbury Music Festival, there was huge – and we mean huge – demand to bring it back, so the ultra-glam and super-friendly boutique music festival will return. And it’s returned with another superb line-up including a UK festival exclusive, Alanis Morrissette as well as UB40, Squeeze, Mavis Staples and Amy McDonald.

There will still be the usual delights wrapped in the beautiful Cotswold location, including a special culinary surprise to be announced soon.

Click here to book tickets.

Chalfest, Chalford Hill

When: Saturday July 21

Following its sold-out success last year, Chalfest will return to Chalford Hill, near Stroud. The one-day family festival boasts a jam-packed programme of events; from exciting workshops, games and activities including circus skills and a Forest School. They’ll also be plenty of gourmet food and drink, street food, plus a Pimm’s tent and G&T Palace.

Confirmed headliners this year include a DJ set from Basement Jaxx, performances from The Proclaimers and Flo and Joan, and family favourites Dick & Dom will be back for their second year at the festival.

Tickets are sold out, with only community tickets still left to purchase. For more information, visit the website here.

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WOMAD Festival, Charlton Park in Malmesbury

When: Thursday July 26 – Sunday July 29

The ‘World of Music, Arts and Dance’ was founded in 1980 by Peter Gabriel and other influential people in the music business, and has to be one of the most cosmopolitan festivals out there.

The global party typically exhibits a selection of impressive acts you’re probably yet to discover and this year is no exception. This year’s talent include Amadou & Mariam, Camille, Django Django, Ken Boothe and Sharon Shannon.

Click here to book tickets.

Wilderness, Cornbury Park

When: Thursday August 2 - Sunday August 5

At Wilderness, you can unwind in relaxing lakeside spas and watch a host of fantastic live entertainment by day… and by night you can retreat to your boutique camping spot or sip cocktails in the Peacock Bar. It’s completely up to you.

There are plenty of bookable tents to dine in for breakfast, lunch and dinner before enjoying music from well-loved music acts Nile Rodgers & Chic, Bastille and Jon Hopkins.

Click here to book tickets.

Lakefest, Eastnor Castle

When: Thursday August 9 – Sunday August 12

Lakefest will return in August for three days of fantastic live music and delicious local food and drink. Over the five stages expect performances from Reverend and the Makers, The Proclaimers and Toploader, with the rest of the line-up to be announced soon.

The event began in 2011, and, 9000 pints of cider and a lot of musical entertainment later, Lakefest was shortlisted at the UK Festival Awards for Best Small Festival, Grass Roots Festival, Best New Festival AND Best Family Festival.

Click here to book tickets.

The Big Feastival, Kingham

When: Friday August 24 – Sunday August 26

The brainchild of Blur bassist Alex James, The Big Feastival is a unique August Bank Holiday weekend affair of music, food and fun for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy demos from top chefs including Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White, as well the chance to sample some of the offerings from the hottest names on the UK street food scene.

Performing at this year’s festival will be Craig David, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Professor Green and Basement Jaxx will kick off Friday night with a party-starting DJ set. There will be also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained with live entertainment from children’s TV sensation Justin Fletcher and CBeebies presenter Andy Day and many other familiar faces.

Click here to book tickets.

Keep your dairies open! There’s plenty more to do in the Cotswolds this summer...


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